Philadelphia priest under investigation for ‘alleged misconduct with minors’


March 25, 2018

By Stacey Burling

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it is cooperating with the police investigation.

A priest from St. Martin of Tours parish in Northeast Philadelphia has been placed on administrative leave while Philadelphia police investigate a report of “possible alleged misconduct with minors,” a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Sunday.

The Rev. Armand Garcia was placed on administrative leave March 16. A search warrant was executed in the parish rectory that day, said Kenneth Gavin, chief communications officer for the archdiocese. He said no charges have been filed.

A police spokeswoman said she was unable to check search warrants on Sunday.

Gavin said the archdiocese is “cooperating fully.” Garcia, he said, had cleared background checks for criminal record and child abuse. He had also completed “safe environment” training courses.

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